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London Terror Attack Leaves 6 Dead, Scores Hurt In Van, Stabbing Rampage

04 June 2017

Bystanders who witnessed Saturday night's attack on Borough Market, near London Bridge, said they tried to stop the assailants from stabbing people by pelting them with glasses and bottles and hurling tables in their direction.

Multiple witnesses reported a vehicle veering off the road and hitting several pedestrians; others also said they saw a man with a knife.

The incident bore similarities to a March attack on Westminster Bridge, west of London Bridge, in which a man killed five people after driving into a crowd of pedestrians before stabbing a police officer in the grounds of parliament. In March, four people were killed in London after Khalid Masood rammed his auto into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, before fatally stabbing a policeman outside the Houses of Parliament.

One woman told the Reuters news agency that she saw throats that had been slashed.

The police hasve yet to confirm the number of attackers involved in the incidents, but some reports said that two of them were killed in police firing.

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The three attackers are suspects related to what happened on the London Bridge and Borough Market.

Prime Minister Theresa May says these London incidents are being treated as a "potential act of terrorism".

- US President Donald Trump has been briefed by the national security team, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said.

Armed police responded to attacks involving knife violence and a vehicle reportedly running into pedestrians.

United Kingdom officials and law enforcement are describing both incidents in London Saturday night as terror attacks.

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London's police force issued security advice on its Twitter account after several violent incidents across the south of the city Saturday.

In March, a knife-wielding man plowed a vehicle into pedestrians on London's Westminster Bridge and later stabbed a police officer to death inside the gates of Parliament.

Ms Jones said police were on the scene within two minutes, quickly followed by ambulances.

About two hours the incidents were initially reported, television images showed people walking away from the London Bridge area with their hands on their heads. There were multiple casualties on London Bridge, according to a BBC report. "So we have to go on the original advice that they put out some time ago to the public, which was "run, hide, tell", a Sky reporter said.

Trump also tweeted a pledge of help and support for London.

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On May 22, a suicide bomber killed 22 people and injured dozens at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.